Friday, April 01, 2016
02 April 2016
Acts 4:13 – 21 / Mk 16: 9 – 15.
From the 1st Reading: Acts 4:13 – 14, 19 - 20
They were astonished at the boldness of Peter and John, considering that they wer uneducated and untrained men. They recognized also that they had been with Jesus, but, as the man who had been cured stood beside them, they could make no reply.
Peter and John answered them, "Judge for you yourselves whether it is right in God's eyes for us to obey you rather than God. We cannot stop speaking about what we have seen and heard."
Gospel Reading: Mk 16: 9 - 15
After Jesus rose early on the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary of Magdala from whom he had driven out seven demons. She went and reported the news to his followers, who were now mourning and weeping. But when they heard that he lived and had been seen by her, they would not believe it.
After this he showed himself in another form to two of them, as they were walking into the country. These men too went back and told the others, but they did not believe them.
Later Jesus showed himself to the Eleven while they were at table. He reproached them for their unbelief and stubbornness in refusing to believe those who had seen him after he had risen.
Then he told them, "Go out to the whole world and proclaim the Good News to all creation. The one who believes and is baptized will be saved; the one who refuses to believe will be condemned."
In the first reading, the Sanhedrin warn Peter and John not to teach in the name of Jesus. But the two apostles say that they would continue to do so. It is amusing that a person be told not to proclaim the mighty deeds of God when everyone is extolling the achievements of great leaders, philosophers, soldiers, scientists, etc.
More so we need to proclaim the deeds of God because they are miraculous and by listening to them men can be saved. Unless we do so, who will believe that God exists, that God is good, powerful and very much concerned for us?
The Good News of salvation is the most important news in the world. Why? Because everything else is passing. Every great nation will be a puff of smoke. War and violence are constantly destroying our world. The world is undergoing decay. Man needs to know that there is someone stronger and everlasting who will give him eternal life and happiness. We need to know that we have a Savior who will be King someday when everything else falls down and our world disappears.
Christ is risen! Let us not be afraid of anything or anybody. Let us invite Jesus to be at our side as we preach the Good News this Easter season. Let us serve the Master and King of the universe.
WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER DIARY INTENTIONS:
Lydia Javier Perez
Finally, we pray for one another, for those who have asked our prayers and for those who need our prayers the most.
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